BSS-40 Bangladesh emphasizes permanent Rohingya solution in launching JRP 2021

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Bangladesh emphasizes permanent Rohingya solution in launching JRP 2021

DHAKA, 18 May 2021 (BSS) – Bangladesh today urged the United
Nations (UN) and international community to deepen their efforts in
finding permanent solution of Rohingya crisis while donors had so far
pledged $340 million at lunching of Joint Response Plan (JRP) for this
year.

“The international community, including the UN, must intensify
their focus on the permanent solution, which lies in the sustainable
return and reintegration of Rohingyas in Myanmar,” state minister for
foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam said.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the 4th JRP for
humanitarian assistance for about a million Rohingyas temporarily
sheltered in Bangladesh.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi and Director
General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Antonio
Vitorino also attended the event held on virtual platform.

Alam emphasized the urgency of a permanent solution to the
prolonged crisis that has created enormous strain on Bangladesh with
multifarious ramification.

He stated that the Rohingyas were willing to return their homeland
in safety, security and dignity at the earliest to get rid of the
precarious and hopeless situation.

“However, any ray of hope was yet to be seen. It was our shared
responsibility to find a way out to save the distressed Rohingyas from
the uncertainties and safeguard the region,” said the State Minister.

The state minister reiterated that the earliest repatriation of all
displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in Rakhine remained a compelling
priority for the government of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh was committed to ensure best possible humanitarian
assistance during their temporary stay in Bangladesh.

The state minister highlighted that in order to decongest and
de-risk the camps, Bangladesh developed the Bhasan Char from its own
resources with required amenities and better facilities to relocate
there 100,000 Rohingyas voluntary basis from the highly disaster-prone
camps in Cox’s Bazar.

He hoped that the United Nations agencies would commence their
operation in Bhasan Char at the earliest.

While appreciating the persistent support of our international
partners in humanitarian operation, the state minister quoted the
Hon’ble Prime Minister that the return of Rohingyas to their homeland
was the only solution to the crisis and the solution lied with
Myanmar.

He emphasized that all undertakings under the JRP or any other
funding mechanisms should be implemented keeping this over-arching
objective in mind.

The state minister underscored that the priority areas identified in
the JRP must be aligned with the core objective of preparing the
Rohingyas for their return.

The JRP has again brought together the efforts of Bangladesh
government and 134 UN agencies and NGO partners to continue the
humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas as well as the host
community affected by the massive influx.

Donners pledged $340 million that is 36 percent against the demand
of nearly $1 billion to help Rohingyas in Bangladesh, Filippo Grandi
told a virtual briefing after the meeting.

Besides, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration
in the US State Department participated through a recorded statement
informing that the US would make a contribution of US$ 155 million to
the JRP 2021.

Many other donors announced their pledges while appreciating the
generous role played by the Government of Bangladesh.

Foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen and senior officials from the
Ministry also join as members of Bangladesh delegation.

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